Tuesday, 23 September 2014

USA - Hepatitis E - HEV- in pigs and people

Hepatitis E in pigs seems to be moving centre stage in the USA.

Britain remains in denial, for this zoonotic disease too, with what little research there is into pig farmers' deaths in Cornwall, and elsewhere, seemingly moving at snails' pace.

Anyone seeking details of what has been published in Britain will find posts on the newsgroup, uk.business.agriculture searchable on Google Groups referencing articles and news reports going back some years.

This blog carries similar material; use 'Hepatitis' in the search box at the head of this page to find dozens of articles and pleas for action.

A very useful group of pages on the science and the human risks has just been published by the Hepatitis C Support Project a  non-profit organization for  HCV education, support and advocacy

Just a sample, read the whole here.

Hepatitis E (HEV)

Written by: Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief


In the past, it was believed that hepatitis E was only a problem in developing  countries due to contaminated water supplies. It was also believed that in  industrialized countries the majority of HEV infections were among people  who had visited countries where HEV infection was widespread. 

However, over the last few years, studies and news reports have surfaced  that are painting a different picture of HEV infections in industrialized countries such as the United States. In the U.S., there is little information  about the prevalence of HEV mainly because of the lack of surveillance  and testing even though there have been small studies that have hinted  that the prevalence of HEV is more widespread than previously believed. 

Recently, a large study on the prevalence of HEV was published that will  give us a better picture of the estimated number of people in the U.S. who  have been infected with HEV. The study results are somewhat alarming  and should, at the very least, promote more dialogue about the need for  more strategies for testing and educating the public about the risk factors and ways to prevent the transmission of HEV…